Big Tech strikes again.
Twitter recently suspended gun rights researcher John Lott over a tweet about the perpetrator of the New Zealand Mosque massacre.
Lott is the president of the Crime Prevention Research Center (CPRC) and is the most influential pro-Second Amendment scholar in contemporary times.
His work in More Guns, Less Crime exposed the failure of federal and state level gun control in preventing crime. This book laid the basis for future research demonstrating the effectiveness of expanded gun rights in combating crime.
Such research has garnered significant pushback from the legacy media and other establishment institutions. Big Tech made sure to put the clamps on John Lott’s message last week.
As Lott logged onto Twitter, he received a message from Twitter alleging that one of his Tweets violated the company’s rules. Curiously enough, the social media platform did not make clear how the tweet in question actually violated Twitter’s terms of service.
The tweet that Twitter singled out was from March 15, 2019. There are still questions about whether the tweet was flagged manually or by machine learning. This incident comes on the heels of recent deplatforming campaigns of right-wing figures and Google’s recent dust-up with Project Veritas where the tech giant was exposed for its attempts to use its algorithm to favor left-wing presidential candidates. Given this tweet’s four-month age, it appears that this tweet was flagged manually.
For Lott to be able to post again, Twitter demands that Lott delete this tweet. Lott told AmmoLand in a report that removing the Tweet is out of the question. Instead, Lott is asking all of his followers to retweet the screenshots that the CPRC shared on its feed and tweet at Twitter CEO, Jack Dorsey, and Twitter Support.
In a statement, Twitter rationalized this action by indirectly suggesting that Lott’s post “glorifies” violence on Twitter. The statement read:
We don’t comment on individual accounts for privacy and security reasons, but for background, it’s against our policies to share content that glorifies violence on Twitter, including directly linking to that information. Additionally, we enforce the Twitter Rules impartially for all users, regardless of their background or political affiliation.
Lott’s account is still locked even though readers can still see screenshots of the tweet on the CPRC’s Twitter feed.
Big Tech is no longer playing games. They started with the Dissident Right, but now conventional right-wingers will likely be on the chopping block as social media escalates its campaign against the Right with the 2020 election quickly approaching.
Texas Political Establishment Attempts to Derail Shelley Luther’s Campaign
The special election for Texas’ Senate District 30 is on pace to be one of the most heated races in the Lone Star State.
At a candidate forum on September 18, 2020, Shelley Luther, the Dallas salon owner who was jailed for opening her business in defiance of Governor Greg Abbott’s shutdown order, confronted outgoing State Senator Pat Fallon.
Fallon vacated his seat and is now backing a successor in State Representative Drew Springer.
“We don’t want somebody who’s going to be at odds with our Republican governor,” Fallon said September 18 at the Grayson County Republican Women’s Club.
I didn’t support some of the things that he has done about opening up. … So, he’s made some mistakes. He’s our Republican governor, the 80/20 rule … because you’re not going to get any bills passed unless the governor signs them.
“Let me make something clear. I am accountable to my fellow citizens in Senate District 30. Not our Governor,” Luther responded on September 19 on Facebook:
This is exactly what is wrong with Austin. Our politicians are more loyal to Abbott than us, even when they disagree with him.
I will work with Governor Abbott when he is fighting to protect the liberty of Texans, and I will oppose him when he pushes unilateral dictates that shut down our local businesses.
Fallon and Luther had a tense exchange, which was caught on video.
“You want me to go all in on this race?” Fallon questioned Luther. “I have been 5 percent in on this race. You want me to go all in on it, I’m welcome to.”
“This has become a straight-up fight between Abbott and the ‘Kumbaya’ Professional Political Class vs. the grassroots and people who remember what limited government and principles should look like,” opined conservative activist Mike Openshaw.
“Respectfully, being willing to be jailed for fighting over-reaching government shows principle; that counts for something, Patrick,” Openshaw continued.
Luther has recently received endorsements from conservative Collin County Judge Chris Hill and Young Conservatives of Texas. Springer, on the other hand, received an endorsement from the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, which asserted that Luther was going down a “far right” path.
A Republican is expected to carry the senate district, which may still require a runoff if the leading candidate does not get enough votes during the first round of the special election.
Election Day will be on September 29.
Luther is viewed as the truly conservative option and many believe she could help break the political status quo in Austin that has kept conservative legislation from ever being passed.
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